Skincare

Veet

Are you ready for the Holy Grail of waxing? Wax on. Wax off. Ruby Wax. Wax lyrical. Don’t fax, wax. Wax. Bloomin’ wax! Not ‘shine’ wax – hair removal wax… Did I mention: “wax”? Pay tax. Wax. Alright, enough! I won’t be mentioning the word ‘wax’ again.

Veet. Easy *** strips are just the be-all-and-end-all of a soft, smooth and hairless life… Listen, I’m not going to beat around bushes (probably ’cause I don’t have any after using these strips) but I love them.

They’re cheap, can be bought from anywhere (within reason); I mean, a WINE merchant might not stock them, but Boots and/or Superdrug will.

Aside from the fact that they’re cheap and easily accessible, they’re also very easy to use and relatively painless [if you don’t have much hair]. I mean, if I were to let my hairs overgrow, this’d be a completely different review! I’d probably be slating it for being too painful… 😝

If I had to give constructive criticism, I’d say the results are REALLY sticky. Smooth, good results at a price of sticky. Look, I know what you’re thinking: “it’s hair-removing ***!” [you thought I’d forgotten about the word ban, didn’t you? 😉] I get it, I do, it’s just the wax shouldn’t stick to your face after you’ve ripped it off – should it? Also, should your PJs be sticking to you even after you’ve showered? No, didn’t think so.

I’m not a *word that rhymes with Basement Jaxx* connoisseur but I just didn’t expect it to be that sticky. Having said that, it’s probably* down to the fact that didn’t apply anything prior to waxing. All I did was wash my legs and tapped them dry beforehand.

*definitely

After finding out more, I now realise that talcum powder works better underneath, ’cause it makes it less sticky.

That’s it.

I don’t have much to say except from the fact that they have ones for the face as well as body… Although I don’t use the face ones, I am sure they exist. The ones (pictured) are the type that I own and are suitable for use on those with a sensitive skin-type.

Disclaimer: after using these strips, you’ll feel as though you’re the star of one of their adverts. Trust me! The results are that good.

Tip: don’t overuse them. Wax in general can damage the skin.

This Works, In Transit, Camera Close-Up

I had written a post about this for BFrow… It was a long and good one (much like this is going to be), but it sadly got lost.

I’m sure I didn’t publish it right, so I’m absolutely to blame. Don’t worry though, I’ll get the hang of it. It’s all good!

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Enough faffing about, let’s get back to the main purpose of the post… This Works’ ‘In Transit Camera Close-Up’. This (Works) and is the best cream, primer and mask that I have ever worn… To be fair, it’s also the only three-in-one moisturiser I’ve ever worn. 😆

I absolutely love it. I love its scent: roses. I love its consistency: lightweight. I love its finish: soaks in quickly and dries matte. I love the packaging: unique. Everything about this screams “BUY ME with ALL of your £30something (inc. postage)!”

If you’ve read my Glossybox April post, you’ll know that this was the first time I’d tried it (although I’d had designs on it for years beforehand).

Look, as I’m writing this very review, I currently have one tiny whitehead on my forehead – in-between by brows. I’m a hormonal one strand monobrow-sporting chick at the mo. Alas, it’s all in the name of oestrogen (as well as an unexpected probable extension/belatedness of puberty. I mean, what the hell?! Which 25 year old do you know that still gets some pubescent-esque breakouts?! Oh, and before you ask, I don’t count!

What else do I love about This Works’ Camera Close Up? I love that it leaves my complexion flawless (with the added exception of my temporarily suffering pores). It also has an SPF of 30. In London, that’s perfect ’cause the sun has not only “its hat on“, but the biggest “hat” on; this explains why England’s summer doesn’t last (the hat blocks those rays). Putting the BAN in #RayBans.

Pros: 

  1. Flawless skin before/after makeup in just one use
  2. Smells floral and fragrant
  3. Soothes skin, keeps skin clear and controls the release of our skin’s natural oils
  4. Reduces fine-lines and decreases the visibility of nasalobial creases (that’s the price you pay for spending 25 years+ laughing and smiling at my own jokes, I like laughing at another’s too)
  5. It’s a 3-in-1: this reduces not only the amount of time spent getting ready but the amount of product applied onto our faces too
  6. Victoria Beckham aka ‘Posh Spice’ allegedly uses it
  7. It’s manufactured by a well-respected, highly-rated brand that isn’t overrated nor overpriced considering the results that it gives

Cons:

  1. Conor Maynard
  2. Condoleezza Rice
  3. Matthew Mcconaughey
  4. Coney Island
  5. Ice cream cone
  6. Traffic cone

BB Seaweed

A calming fresh face mask with fresh seaweed, ground almonds, rose absolute and aloe vera to soothe and soften the skin. We also use rosemary oil for its regenerative qualities, kaolin to remove any excess dirt or oil, and millet flakes to gently exfoliate away dead skin as you scrub it off. To use, smooth a generous layer of this mask onto your face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

LUSH describes this as a “calming” mask, I wholeheartedly, facially and bodily agree.

BB Seaweed has nothing to do with a smartphone being wrapped in seaweed (like some Hosomaki) or a documentary about weed on the BBC. Instead, it’s a LUSH fresh face-mask and one of my current faves!

Look, if I didn’t have Rudolph’s nose brightness spread across my face like some form of irrational rash, I wouldn’t have to use this… 😫

My skin felt calm and cool amongst other glorious things. Also, upon washing it off my skin looked radiant, soft and supple to touch and it (Vanessa) Feltz as though it’d been treated to an upmarket facial.

I loved it.

If I had to say anything constructive it’d be that I wasn’t a fan of its consistency. It was like rubbing clay sushi on my face! 🤢However, I’m willing to look past the above critique because BB Seaweed has really helped my skin. I cannot thank LUSH and the BB Seaweed enough.

Beautiful.

This is a special message to bae because I’m conscious that I haven’t mentioned him on my blog today…. What an absolute LEGEND he actually is. Words, letters, numbers, sentences, paragraphs, stanzas, dissertations, thesis’, books, features, reports, articles, newspapers, magazines, grammar, punctuation and alliteration are on the street, you’re B-A-E; the one and OWN-LY.

‘Onomatopoeia’ is my favourite word in English [on curriculum] and if I had to describe bae using it I’d choose “WHAM!” cos a few Christmases ago I gave him my heart… 💖

Last but by no means least, consonants are underrated. Vowels spell out “I” and “U” but consonants, when put together, can put the “WE” in WE belong together.

SHILLS

I bought SHILLS’ Original Peel Off Black Mask after the hype around it simmered because I ain’t bout that “go with the trend” malarky. I like to enjoy things after everyone’s stopped talking about them. Weird, huh?

Luckily for me and unlike everyone else, no hair got caught in the mask as I peeled* it off!

*ripped

Did I like it?

I don’t really know… I mean, is ripping a layer of your skin off something one can enjoy? Who knows, but I’d like to say probably not. So, no, no I didn’t.

NUMERO UNO: my skin was left red raw after using this. It felt as though it’d been skinned. Imagine having to wear Estee Lauder’s Camouflage Maximum Cover just to cover the redness. Terrible doesn’t even cut it, my face reacted awfully to this.

Yes, it felt soft after using it but that’s probably down to the fact that I was touching FLESHY CHEEK MUSCLES (slight exaggeration but you get the gist, I hope).

Would I do it again?

I don’t really have blackheads or blocked pores so I’m definitely not their target audience. However, I like a challenge, and trying things out, so I’m glad I did even if it didn’t turn out as I’d hoped.

If I get blackheads or blocked pores in future I’d prefer to go to the sauna or steam rooms. I’d have to want to be skinless like a chicken to want to try this again.

So, word to the sensitive-skinned wise, if you want to try this – make sure you’ve been applying multiple skin strengthening creams for at least a decade… A few layers just won’t work with this mask, you need at least 10,000. Until then, try L’Oréal, Younique or LUSH.

When you’ve got L’Oréal’s Detoxifying Clay, LUSH’s Dark Angels and Prince of Darkness or Younique’s Royalty Detoxifying mask, you can’t really want to try something like this; unless you revel in being in Bear Payne… Don’t even get me started! What a name!? It’s all well and good until he gets to puberty – but after that, poor guy!

What I found out AFTER I tried this mask:

It washes off with water. You know what this means, don’t you? Those vloggers voluntarily ripped their skin off for your (squeamish) viewing displeasure.

In a nutshell, you don’t need to skin your face off like they do in the video tutorials… I don’t know if that’d have the same effect though. I guess the only way to take blackheads out would be by waxing them off? Which, in essence, is what this feels like. Hairs? Gone.

Oh, but upon reading other people’s reviews [I don’t do this before I develop my own opinion because I don’t want to be swayed], it hasn’t been proven to take blackheads out according to Amazon reviewers, anyway… Which is confusing to me because it took my my skin’s top layer off! Like, what are these people’s blackheads made of… Iron? 😱

For most of the Amazon reviewers, it was a NAY instead of a YAY. I second that.

If John Travolta could sing about it, he’d say: “I GOT SHILLS, IT’S MORTIFYING! AND I’VE LOST ALL MY SKIN. ‘CAUSE THE POWER THAT THIS MASK HAS, IS SKINNING-FYING”

Palmer's, Ripe Mango, Flipbalm

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ripe Mango Flip Balm delivers incredible, long lasting moisture while refreshing your lips with ripe mango.

Features:

Ultra moisturising formula.
Made from pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to soften and soothe dry lips.
The one-of-a-kind flip top dispenser allows for ease of application and easily flips open and locks back into place.
No Parabens –No Phthalates –No Petrolatum –No Gluten

This paraben, phthalate (I’m not sure what this means), petrolatum ( or this. I’m guessing- if ‘a tum’ was made of petrol? 🤔) and gluten free product is one of the best I’ve tried – in terms of a lip balm…

Palmer’s is obviously known for being a brand that specialises in products that include cocoa butter as one of the main ingredients, the Ripe Mango Flipbalm is no different… Others include: ripe mango extract (yes, I went there, bought the t-shirt, wore it and it’s now in the wash), coconut oil, and beeswax.

What’s my verdict on it? It’s cheaper and so much better than EOS. Look, EOS is only famous and hyped up because it’s got a celebrity backing. This, on the other hand, deserves that EOS hype and then some! It’s very good!

I find that this Flipbalm hydrates my lips, and keeps them soft and juicy like a… ripe mango. Oh, come on (tu t’appelle)!

The taste as well… 😍. Like, if bae💖 doesn’t hurry up and come to me just because I’m wearing a Ripe Mango lip balm, something’s not write*…

If you know me (or of me) you’ll know I love mangos.

I also love the colour orange quite a lot more than the average person. Which, subsequently, is the colour of the packaging.

The packaging is very similar to EOS in terms of the shape and formula. Its product is in the shape of a sphere (that’s right, I paid attention in Maths – when shapes was being taught! #RUMBUS).

Also, Palmer’s Flipbalm comes in a range of flavours – watermelon and coconut. You can purchase one for yourself by visiting Superdrug… It might burnt a hole in your pocket of change as it retails at a whopping £2 something.

‘When the going gets tough, the Man (gets) go-ing’. 💖 Man go-ing, go-ing… Don’t get gone. ‘Stay With Me’. Please? 😘